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- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 18, 2014 9:59 PM Flag
No. There is no NEED for a RB in round 1 or 2. Yes, you CAN go that way. It's the way most drafters went in 2013 and finished as also rans due to so many early RBs bombing out. 2014 may or may not change that. Elite WRs are much more difficult to come by than RBs with RB1 prospects and elite WRs have a much more consistent success rate. Spiller was RB5 in 2012. He's a third round pick. Stacy was RB9 in the second half of 2013. He's a round 3 pick. And so on. Yes, if you have the "RB #$%$" mentality you get RBs early. But there is no imperative to do so.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 18, 2014 8:59 AM Flag
There are 6 elite WRs. They are drafted in the first 2 rounds. The difference in fantasy production between WR 20 and WR 60 over the recent past is so small you may as well draft Marcus Wheaton instead of Torrey Smith. Your WR difference makers are the early picks. Waste them and your squad drops to average. At 7 in a 12 teamer your ideal picks are Calvin, D. Thomas or Jimmy Graham in round 1 and whoever is available between Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery in round 2. In round 3 let your "RB #$%$" fantasies run wild and draft Martin, Stacy, Morris, Ellington, Spiller, or whoever you covet and repeat the process in round 4 or 5 with Gerhart, Jennings, Gore, et al.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 18, 2014 8:45 AM Flag
Both figure to be relatively solid third round picks in 12 team leagues. Martin figures to be lead back in a relatively conservative Bucs offense that tries to win with its defense. Morris figures to be lead back in a more dynamic offense, but his limitations in the passing game should impact his usage. Solid RB2s: nothing more nothing less. Second round is a bit of a reach for either one.
- Reply to Ace Jul 17, 2014 6:33 PMOl' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 17, 2014 11:24 PM Flag
In a 14 player league I'm prepared to take 2 very late and stream: Palmer, Eli, et al. In a 12 probably Wilson, Kaep range.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 17, 2014 11:21 PM Flag
You can literally feast on late round RBs. If you mock draft certain trends are apparent like the absence of confidence in the Browns, Falcons, Dolphins, Ravens, and Raiders RBs. All are available late to very late. Pick wisely.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 16, 2014 3:10 PM Flag
Couldn't disagree more. QB is only getting deeper. This season you likely can go 15 deep and still have a reasonably competitive QB. And you can likely stream QBs with better results than simply owning Ryan or Stafford figures to yield. It's hard to imagine a draft scenario where a QB is worth a 2nd round pick much less a first. The hole created in your roster by drafting a QB with a premium pick and missing the elite WRs or a RB1 can't be fixed.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 16, 2014 9:38 AM Flag
Interesting team with a receiver heavy early approach and a plethora of RBs thereafter. WRs are outlandishly good. You may even have 3 WR1s depending on how Gonzo's targets are spread around Atlanta's receiving corps. I really like the RB depth and like the approach of overdoing the initial number of RBs until we see how camp and preseason roll out. But I'm not a fan of a number of your picks, although, no question, there's certainly supposed "value" in Martin and Sankey where you drafted them. To me, however, both will have hugely successful seasons with mid level RB2 production. My hunch is the Pats and Browns backs and Miller are all vying for starting roles on your team right away.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 16, 2014 9:17 AM Flag
acb's advice is solid. Stacy may look like the value pick, and may even be the value pick, but until we see what his likely workload is and the extent to which his backups encroach he's a risk. Jordy offers solid value.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 14, 2014 8:35 PM Flag
Reasonable starters. No particular strength at WR, short on RB depth and a poor bench (4 reserve WRs: why? 1 will do. Why backup your TE? Why but 1 backup RB? It's the most injured position in football.).
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 14, 2014 8:22 PM Flag
No one has ever accused ESPN of any skill in ranking players. The ESPN fantasy crew typically finish at or near the bottom of fantasy ranking accuracy. As crazy as some of the Yahoo articles seem the Yahoo team is much more in tune with likely fantasy performance....yes, even Evans and Dalton, although they typically are far lower than the other 3 in prognostication.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 14, 2014 9:12 AM Flag
GyT, I failed to mention in my original post Rotoworld's Silva's capsules on each player in his 7/2 listing of his fantasy top 100 players. He has a much more positive spin on both Colston and Smith than I do. Check it out.
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 14, 2014 9:07 AM Flag
The only reason Calvin finished behind Josh Gordon in WR scoring last season was a late season injury that cost Calvin 2 games plus limited him in at least 2 other games. Injuries are not predictable and Calvin is healthy now. Among WRs this season there are only 2 who figure to be in the same league with Calvin: Dez Bryant and D. Thomas. In a PPR league my top 10 rankings typically are: Charles, McCoy, Forte, Calvin, AP, Jimmy Graham, D. Thomas, Dez, Lacy, Julio Jones. Many would put Calvin at 3 ahead of Forte. You simply are not getting comparable talent settling for an Antonio Brown over Calvin. Good luck!
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 13, 2014 10:41 PM Flag
Luck, Patterson, Bernard, Calvin, and Reed are relatively clear. At pick 9 in round 1 you won't do as well as Calvin. In PPR he's the 4th or 5th pick. The scoring system says keep Luck. Patterson has too much upside at his cost to ignore. Reed should be a top 6 or so TE and is a steal at 13. Between Bernard and Wright I go with the better player and the position. Good luck!
- Ol' Blues Ol' Blues Jul 13, 2014 9:25 PM Flag
Competitive. A bit short on RB depth, excessive depth elsewhere and somewhat weak WRs for a 10 teamer. But I like many of your picks.